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ALGORITHMIC JUSTICE LEAGUE RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF AI
https://www.ajl.org/
From the website: "The Algorithmic Justice League’s mission is to raise awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research, build the voice and choice of the most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policy makers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI harms and biases. We’re building a movement to shift the AI ecosystem towards equitable and accountable AI."

AT-RISK WEB LEARNERS: REDUCING BARRIERS TO SUCCESS
https://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=1082221
This is an article written by JoAnn T. Funk, Associate Professor, Kaplan University. It was published in eLearn Magazine.  Anyone working with at-risk learners (youth or adults) would find this article to be a great discussion starter for strategic elearning planning.  This is one of many resources to be found on the eLearn Magazine web site.

BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE - ONLINE, BLENDED, AND MOBILE LEARNING
https://www.blackboard.com/teaching-learning/collaboration-web-conferencing/blackboard-collaborate
From the web site:  "Our Learning Solutions are designed to support the educational needs of your students, faculty, and institution—both now and in the future. Cost-effective combinations of Blackboard products and services are strategically blended to provide you with the technology and support best suited to your institution’s needs. Ultimately, by delivering robust, online learning environments with flexible delivery options, your institution will deliver the accessibility that your students and faculty are looking for, while improving engagement and retention."

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE ON NATIVE LANDS
https://newsroom.cisco.com/feature-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2088702
This August 2020 article describes efforts to bridge the digital divide and build connectivity for Native Americans. 

BROADBAND AVAILABILITY AND ADOPTION - INTERACTIVE MAP
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/e6d25b67ec0b45978f8c5f225e266e94
Use this new (2021) ESRI GIS map to understand broadband availability in the USA. 

BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS IN THE US
https://geoisp.com/us/
This site states that "In the United States 99.73% of the population has access to Broadband Internet and the average home download speed is 6.70215 Mbps. 2.97% of the population does not have access to wired broadband Internet Access." Use the map on the site to see access for different types of coverage.

CELL PHONE COVERAGE - WORLD WIDE
https://www.opensignal.com/networks/thailand/ais-coverage
This link points to coverage maps for mobile operators in Thailand, based on data crowdsourced from millions of users of the OpenSignal mobile app. The OpenSignal.com/networks page has similar information for every country in the world.

CHICAGO AREA BROADBAND INITIATIVE - CABI
https://www.quiltnfp.com/
From the website: "CABI is an affordable broadband initiative focused on bridging the digital divide in urban underserved communities.  CABI is not just about providing internet access -- it's about utilizing the access to the internet to expand and grow opportunity within our communities."

CONNECT ILLINOIS -
https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/ConnectIllinois/Pages/default.aspx
Launched in 2019, Connect Illinois is "a statewide initiative to expand broadband access across the entire state. Connect Illinois includes a capital investment from Rebuild Illinois, the creation of a Broadband Advisory Council and Broadband Office, and a new program that will provide all Illinois public K-12 students access to high-speed broadband at no charge."

DIGITAL DIVIDE - MAPPING FOR JUSTICE BLOG ARTICLE
https://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com/search/label/digital%20divide
This collection of articles on MappingforJustice blog contain links to many additional articles about the Digital Divide that may not be included in this web library.

DIGITAL DIVIDE: DATA HIGHLIGHTS INTERENT INEQUALITIES IN CHICAGO - 2022 ARTICLE
http://datascience.uchicago.edu/news/digital-divide-data-highlights-internet-inequities-in-chicago/
The Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago unveiled a new data portal on May 9, 2022 that seeks to address disparities  highlighted by the COVID pandemic with a combination of new research, data analysis and communication and community collaboration.  This article announces this initiative. 

DIGITAL DIVIDE IN US EDUCATION
http://digitaldivideinuseducation.blogspot.com/
From the web site: "This blog is dedicated to looking at the nuances of the digital divide in the United States and the implications that it has for students, teachers, and school districts."

DIGITAL PROSPERITY: HOW BROADBAND CAN DELIVER HEALTH AND EQUITY TO ALL COMMUNITIES
https://www.brookings.edu/research/digital-prosperity-how-broadband-can-deliver-health-and-equity-to-all-communities/
From the website: "Over the past year, Brookings Metro and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance pursued research to understand the connections between broadband and health and equity, as well as assess the gaps in broadband access and adoption, the market and policy barriers that lead to those gaps, and promising points of intervention for local, state, and federal leaders to deliver shared value to individuals and entire communities." Download the full report from this link.

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM - FCC
https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
From the website: "The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more."  

FIND ISP PROVIDERS USING THIS MAPPING PLATFORM
https://labs.mapbox.com/labs/net-neutrality/
Enter an address and look at the ISPs you can choose from. 

GCF GLOBAL LEARNING
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/
From the web site: "For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free."

GLOBAL INTERNET ACCESS MAPS - USE IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES SHOWN
https://www.internetsociety.org/globalinternetreport/
While some countries have very high internet access rates many others are still below 50%. This means the vast knowledge available through the internet is not accessible for many.  

HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION STILL NOT ON INTERNET - WHY IT MATTERS. 2018
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/half-the-world-s-population-is-still-offline-heres-why-that-matters
This World Economic Forum article includes a world map showing how internet use is concentrated in the USA, Europe and a few other scattered places around the world, while in many other places there is limited connectivity. Read the article and see why this matters.

HOME INTERNET ACCESS IN US - 2018 DATA
https://www.digitalinclusion.org/home-internet-maps-2/
The maps on this site are describe this way: "On these base maps, we’ve calculated and mapped two crucial data points from the ACS:
* What percentage of households in each Census tract had no home internet access at all in 2017 — not even mobile internet or dial-up connections?  (The higher this percentage is, the worse for digital inclusion!)
* What percentage of households in each Census tract had “Broadband such as cable, fiber optic or DSL” in 2017? (The higher this percentage is, the better for digital inclusion!)

HOW TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THE US - 2021 ARTICLE
https://illinoisnewstoday.com/how-to-close-the-digital-divide-in-the-u-s/338700/
This article on Illinois News Today website provides recommendations for closing the digital divide along with data showing why this is important.

HOW TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THE US - 2022 HBR ARTICLE
https://hbr.org/2021/07/how-to-close-the-digital-divide-in-the-u-s
The American Jobs Plan is a significant step to closing the digital divide, but not nearly enough.  Read the article. 

ILLINOIS BROADBAND INTERACTIVE MAP - CONNECT ILLINOIS RESOURCE
https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/ConnectIllinois/Pages/MapData.aspx
From the website "Existing broadband maps available to the public often overstate service and inaccurately paint large swaths of rural areas and entire urban blocks as having service that quite simply does not exist. The Illinois Office of Broadband is working hard to produce maps that more accurately reflect reality; the maps will be available in 2020 and will reflect data collected from broadband providers and confirmed through field testing and consumer experience." 

JOURNAL OF DISTANCE LEARNING ADMINISTRATION
https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/
From the web site: "The Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration is a peer-reviewed electronic journal offered free each quarter over the World Wide Web. The journal welcomes manuscripts based on original work of practitioners and researchers with specific focus or implications for the management of distance education programs."

LOAVES, FISHES & COMPUTERS HELPS CLOSE DIGITAL DIVIDE
https://www.loavesfishescomputers.org/
From the website: "Loaves, Fishes & Computers, located in Salinas, California, enables individuals to reach their full potential by providing low-cost computers and computer literacy classes to local low-income families, while providing volunteers the opportunity to learn and explore technology through their service to the community."

MOBILE TECH AND EDUCATION - 2011 ARTICLE
https://mashable.com/archive/mobile-education-initiatives
This 2011 article about using mobile phones in education says: "Students around the world are increasingly bringing their own mini-computers (or some connected device) to class. Whether this creates  a distraction or a boon to learning is debatable, but these four uses  of mobile phones in education — and countless others — could one day  help prove the latter." Read more on this web site." Compare this to how mobile tech is used today. 

NATIONAL DIGITAL INCLUSION ALLIANCE
https://www.digitalinclusion.org/
From the website: "NDIA is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices, and local technology and training programs." Visit the web site to learn more about NDIA's unique role. 

NATIONAL TRIBAL BROADBAND STRATEGY - 2021
click here
This document was developed by the US Department of Interior, Indian Affairs, in 2018 with the support of several other government agencies.  From the website:  "The National Tribal Broadband Strategy (Strategy) is a proposed roadmap for action and investment by the Federal Government in broadband access and adoption for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities with the aim of eliminating the AI/AN connectivity gap."

OLD, SLOW LAPTOPS ARE SABOTAGING COLLEGE STUDENT SUCCESS
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2021-04-05-old-slow-laptops-are-sabotaging-college-student-success?
This 2021 article focuses on college students, but the problem reached down to k-12 levels, too.  Kids and schools in high poverty areas don't have funds for constant upgrades of their computer hardware. That's a problem. 

ONLINE LEARNING CONSORTIUM - QUALITY ONLINE EDUCATION
https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/
From the web site: "OLC is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world."

OUR SHARED DIGITAL FUTURE - WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2018
https://www.weforum.org/reports/our-shared-digital-future-building-an-inclusive-trustworthy-and-sustainable-digital-society
From the web site: "Our Shared Digital Futures is a publication shaped by leaders from business, government, academia and civil society who collectively acknowledge the need for shared goals and coordinated action to shape an inclusive, sustainable, digital future. Facilitated by the World Economy Forum’s System Initiative on Digital Economy and Society, the paper reviews current status, offers an illustrative list of ongoing initiatives at global and local levels, and identifies developments to watch in at least six shared goals around universal internet access and adoption, digital transformation, digital identity, governance, cyber resilience, and data. It calls on global leaders and organisations to strengthen cooperation and to evolve shared platforms for shaping our digital future.

PROMOTING UNIVERSAL BROADBAND ACCESS - 2021 BLOG
https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/category/change-the-world/
This link points to the first of three articles written by Paul Signorelli that focus on Universal Broadband Access.  The articles are an interview with Beth Holland, Partner at The Learning Accelerator and Digital Equity Advisor to the Consortium for School Networking. 

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH EQUITY - RWJF COLLECTION
https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/collections/public-infrastructure-and-health-equity.html
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website: "This is a collection of references and creative solutions designed to inspire new policies and planning that shape equitable access to public infrastructure." Included is digital access.   Here is a March 2022 Tweet which shows that "neighborhoods experiencing deep poverty are the least connected to broadband".

SCHOOLS SPENDING MILLIONS ON NEW VIRTUAL TUTORING. iS IT WORKING?  2022 ARTICLE
https://www.chalkbeat.org/2022/6/29/23186973/virtual-tutoring-schools-covid-relief-money
In response to Covid the Federal government has made millions of dollars available for virtual tutoring to help fill gaps for students who lost ground when schools were fully online.  This article is from Chalkbeat Chicago. 

SHAPING.EDU STORYBOOK OF BROADBAND ACCESS + DIGITAL EQUITY: VOLUME 1
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14kAf_FcIlZB9wMGWNf-WasloG33SV9w1P2zj9CCArpE/edit#slide=id.gc7479a3901_0_10
This Google slide presentation is a collection of stories about broadband access and digital equity, told by teachers, principles, parents from across the USA.  This was first published in June 2021. 

THE DIGITAL EDGE: HOW BLACK AND LATINO YOUTH NAVIGATE DIGITAL INEQUALITY
https://nyupress.org/9781479854110/the-digital-edge/
This book by S. Craig Watkins and Alexander Cho was published in 2018.  From the website: "The Digital Edge examines how the digital and social-media lives of low-income youth, especially youth of color, have evolved amidst rapid social and technological change.'

THE SAKAI PROJECT - FOCUSES ON NEEDS OF GLOBAL ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
https://www.sakailms.org/
From the web site: "Sakai represents a fundamentally different approach to the learning management system. Unlike other “open” systems available today, the direction and feature set of Sakai originates from within higher education to address the dynamic needs of a global academic community. The Sakai open-source community values the participation of its contributors highly, with educators and developers from various institutions working together to turn great ideas into reality for the entire community of Sakai adopters."

TURNING AMERICA'S DIGITAL DIVIDE INTO DIGITAL DIVIDENDS – IDEAS FOR BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION – 2021
https://sites.tufts.edu/ibgc/webinar-recording-turning-americas-digital-divide-into-digital-dividends/
This March 2021 webinar "discusses why we are so divided about the true state of the digital divide in America and what steps might the Biden-Harris administration take to clarify the reality of this divide and move toward closing the gap. Moreover, this webinar examines how these changes can be transformational for a recovering, yet socially distanced economy."

WEB TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM - AN INSPIRATION - 2007
https://eldertown.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/the-spark-that-drives-web-20-technology-in-the-classroom/#more-109
This 2007 article shows how a class of 4th graders in Nevada connected through the internet with a class of 8th graders in Virginia, in order to help a home student who could not attend class because of health issues. Classrooms all over the world are doing this many years later.

WEBQUEST RESOURCE PAGE
http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/webquests.htm
This is a Web site with an extensive collection of links to resources on WebQuests, including the articles and sites produced by Bernie Dodge and Tom Marsh, the originators of WebQuests (1995).

 
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